Juliette Benzoni

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Juliette Benzoni (30 October 1920 – 7 February 2016) was a French novelist. She is best known for her novels with historical and love themes and for her Catherine (book series) (fr) of novels which was made into a television series in 1986.[1][2]

She grew up in an upper-middle-class family in Paris. Her father was an industrialist. She married young to a doctor from Dijon and had two children by him before he died of a heart attack, leaving her a widow at 30. She went to Morocco and met and married a young French officer born in Corsica. When he went to Indochina, she found herself back in Paris. There, she plunged into journalism, including historical articles. She was asked by Gérald Gauthier, the editor of Opera Mundi, to write a historical novel. The resulting Catherine novel, Il suffit d'un amour, was a huge world-wide success and launched her career as a novelist. She lived in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Mandé, of which her husband is the deputy mayor. She travelled widely, and enjoyed gardening and cooking.[3]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ "Catherine de Montsalvy...le site officiel". catherinedemontsalvy.ch. 
  2. ^ "Mort de Juliette Benzoni, reine du roman historique". Le Figaro. 
  3. ^ "Juliette Benzoni par Juliette Benzoni" printed in Catherine; 2 Belle Catherine" ISBN 978-2-266-25793-0